The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) held its AGM on Saturday 25 March 2017 and, after the formal business of the meeting, was delighted to announce six members voted to council in the recent elections.
Elected to Council for the first time were: Carina Balbo MCIL CL, Alistair Bell ACIL, Rosa-Maria Cives-Enriquez FCIL CL, Judith Gabler FCIL CL, and Jaquelina Guardamagna MCIL CL; James Farmer MCIL was re-elected, having already served a three-year term. All were present at the AGM to be welcomed to their new posts, and then joined some 140 CIOL members and guests for the annual Members’ Day held at the QEII Centre in central London.
The new council members join Chair of Council Karen Stokes FCIL CL and ten other members to form a Board of language and other professionals who bring a wide range of skills and experience to the role, as well as the vision and commitment needed to take CIOL forward into the next phase of its strategic planning for the coming 3–5 years.
With membership expanding, a new membership pathway in place and plans underway to extend and promote the Chartered Linguist register, this is an exciting time for CIOL.
In her Members’ Day speech following the AGM, Council Chair Karen Stokes talked about some of the challenges the organisation will face in the coming years. Among these are: the impact on linguists of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the changing nature of language work in the wake of translation technology, the task of convincing users of language services of the importance of using professional linguists, and the fall in language teaching in UK schools.